Killarney's Cahernane House Hotel has unveiled the final parts of an extensive renovation project. Refurbishment works took place over the winter months and throughout the spring, with the cost of the renovations amounting to approximately €6.5 million.
The final phase of the refurbishment involved the revamp of the Cellar Bar, where a new bar and back bar area was created and the entire room was panelled in Victorian oak with screens to create private dining areas.
Designer Julie Goggin commented, “The Cellar Bar was a lovely space before I arrived, but the furniture was not suitable for dining, so we looked to implement a style that was bespoke, appropriate and functional while enhancing the character of the space.
“We were tasked with retaining a dedicated bar area and also creating a space that was suitable for casual dining, and that was achieved through using fine craftspeople in the manufacture of panelling, furniture, decorative light fittings in solid brass and bespoke floor design, all made to order specifically for the room.
“On entering Cahernane House Hotel, visitors will be immediately swept away by the striking blue paint colour that adorns the reception, stairwell and corridors of the Manor House. If it looks rare, that’s because it is.
“Both the client and I had a vision for the room, but we couldn’t source the exact colour. Eventually we found a heritage blue that was no longer in production, and we managed to get it reproduced especially for this project. We call it ‘Cahernane Blue’.”
All 26 rooms in the hotel's Garden Wing have also been entirely stripped, modernised and refurbished. Meanwhile, the Manor House was restored, with all 12 rooms being refurbished and the Herbert Room restaurant being brought up to a high-class standard.
The redevelopment of the property is aimed at attracting clientele from the wedding, incentive and special occasion markets.
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